- Dr Aiden Byrne (Senior Lecturer - University of Wolverhampton)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||10 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Seminar||10 x 1 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Stage 1 will be assessed by a 3000 word coursework assignment.||50%|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours Stages 2 and 3 will be assessed by a three-hour, examination, requiring one answer on Stage 2 and one on Stage 3.||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit failed assessment (3000 word coursework on Stage 1)||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||3 Hours Stages 2 and 3 will be assessed by a three-hour, examination, requiring one answer on Stage 2 material and one on Stage 3.||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate familiarity with and knowledge of key approaches towards the understanding of cultural, social, regional, and political identities.
2. Demonstrate an ability to read, analyze and reflect critically on a range of evidential material drawn from historical, literary and other contexts.
3. Demonstrate an ability to research independently.
4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
The module is ‘framed’ by Williams because he is a critic of major stature who wrote and theorised about both traditional literary forms and about modern media such as television, as well as being of Welsh nationality and therefore having special relevance to the Wales-based, and media-based aspects of the content of this module.
Exposition will be grounded in the exploration of different art forms and the analysis of specific cultural practices, focusing in particular on place, landscape, literature, and language, with a significant emphasis on the representation of contemporary Wales.
The module aims are:
1. To continue to develop students’ practical and conceptual grasp of interdisciplinary thinking, methods, and materials.
2. To do so by foregrounding the approach of a ‘cultural synthesiser’ whose best-known formulations (such as ‘structure of feeling’ and redefinitions of Marxist notions of ‘determination’) work across the boundaries of traditional cultural forms.
3. To make use, across these boundaries, of running themes that link and explore notions of politics, regional/national identities (primarily Welsh and Scottish, as set out in B4), personal sensibilities and ‘cultures’ in the broad sense posited by Williams.
However, in common with the other core modules of the first two years, it is divided into three stages, but unlike the others these are framed by two sessions which focus on the thought of Raymond Williams. Unlike the first year cores, the sessions will be taught as a two-hour lecture-then-seminar/workshop composite, and a further difference is that the assessment is part coursework and part examination.
Week 1 Introductory Lecture & Seminar: ‘Raymond Williams & Structures of Feeling’
Stage 1: Weeks 2--4 English & CW (Fiction and Poetry)
Week 2 Raymond Williams, Border Country
Week 3 Kathleen Jamie, The Tree House
Week 4 Kathleen Jamie, ‘Surgeons’ Hall’
Stage 2: Weeks 5-7 TFTS (Performance)
Week 5 Performance Studies – concepts and practices
Week 6 Session based on a current Arts Centre production
Week 7 Session based on work by current teaching staff (e.g. Mike Pearson, Eddie Ladd or Simon Whitehead)
Stage 3: Weeks 8-10 TFTS (Film/TV)
Week 8 Session 1 on Hinterland/Y Gwyll S4C TV series
Week 9 Session 2 on Hinterland/Y Gwyll S4C TV series
Week 10 Concluding Lecture & Seminar: Keywords - Politics, Sensibility, Culture & affect
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||will be developed in written work and discussion work|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||will be developed as a result of feedback and response|
|Information Technology||will be developed in related study and research work|
|Personal Development and Career planning|
|Problem solving||will be developed in relation to assessment tasks and questions|
|Research skills||will be developed in the written assessments|
|Subject Specific Skills||Reasoning, interpreting evidence, and constructing a logical argument in written and oral form.|
|Team work||will be developed in small-group seminar activities|
This module is at CQFW Level 5